artist Brindalyn Webster
year 2008
language(s) English
location  UNITED STATES, Bay Area San Francisco, CA, United States
region 4 West (West)
index no. 13.4.02
media CD
about the media Brindalyn Webster has been asking vendors of the farmers markets in the Bay Area about their favorite songs to work with. Collecting these songs she established a soundtrack specific to the Bay Area in San Francisco.
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about the project "What's your favorite song to work to?" Super Markets v.I-IX is an amplification of the atmosphere specific to the Bay Area Farmers' Markets. “I asked about music, because it is public knowledge that we make personal. It can remind us of specific memories, or it can creep in subconsciously. It connects us, dates us and reveals us without revealing too much. By compiling the vendors favorite work songs into a soundtrack, I am creating an 'in' for listeners and a public for the vendors.” Farmers' Markets thrive on the relationships established over time between the customer and the vendor. The accumulation of these relationships creates an atmosphere of trust and character. It is an unsaid club where everyone feels like they can enter on their own time and interact in their own way. But you must pay your dues, you must consent to the manners of the club and although everyone has their own schedule, you must attend the meetings consistently if you want to have an 'in'. An 'in' is not obtained on your first visit. It acquired like the rhythm of a song; through pattern, connection and investment. In this project and over the past few months, I have been trying to acquire 'in's to farmers' markets in the Bay Area. I have been doing this by asking vendors what their favorite songs to work to are and then building soundtracks for the markets. (By Brindalyn Webster, San Francisco, CA 2008).
about artist and participants Brindalyn Webster has been creating small study groups. Two person study groups. They are located in places that she goes naturally. Farmers markets, art studios, delis, family events, parks. Sometimes they are planned. Sometimes they fail. Initially, she thought that they were miracles. They happen to and around her. They are experiences that function on a small practical scale and simultaneously form a narrative that hovers overhead. The production that rises out of these encounters is what has become her work. She considers them raw theater; which is a way to think about a moment when two people create and inhabit the same idea, forming a new public.